Rob Gronkowski injury update: ‘Optimism’ Pats TE will clear concussion protocol for SB52

Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski, lost in the first half of the AFC championship, is in the NFL’s concussion protocol but has almost two weeks before Super Bowl 52.

In the hours after the Pats’ 24-20 win over the Jaguars, there was optimism he would be ready to play in the Super Bowl, the Boston Herald reported, citing an unidentified source.

At that point it’s a free-throw game, said Adel, who had all of his 18 points and 10 rebounds after halftime, including the free throw with 56 seconds remaining.

So, not turning it over and inbounding it, that’s a lot of pressure on me because I was the one there. Just making the right reads and guys being strong with the ball, and just making free throws.

A second half in which the Cardinals (15-4, 5-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) pulled away with several spurts ended up with them needing every point possible down the stretch.

Allen is considered a potential first-round pick, although he struggled for much of the 2017 season. …

Oklahoma QB Baker Mayfield won’t arrive for the Senior Bowl until Tuesday, as reported by NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport. Mayfield will miss the annual weigh-in Tuesday morning but is expected to be ready for the North squad practice. … Maine OL Jamil Demby has been added to the North roster to replace Western Michigan’s Chukwuma Okorafor. …

Ronnie Rousseau III and Jarrid Rhodes each scored 10 points to lead Missouri State (15-7, 5-4), which made just eight field goals — at one point it was 1-for-12 — in the decisive second half, finishing 18 of 57 for 32 percent. The Bears, preseason favorites, haven’t won a conference road game in five tries this season.